Watase, Yuu. Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden. Vol. 5. Trans. Lillian Olsen. San Francisco: VIZ Media, 2006. Summary
: Back home, Takiko finds a measure of reconcilliation with her father but decides that it's Bêi-Jîa where she is needed most and returns, confirming her love for Uruki in the process. After that, it's off to the south to Hong-Nan in search of the next Celestial Warrior...who appears to be working in a brothel?! Takiko, Limdo, and the rest infiltrate the brothel in search of Inami, but, as it turns out, Inami is the HEAD of the brothel, and she isn't about to go quietly! Comments
: Well, in case you didn't know the big caveat to becoming a Priestess from the original series, you know now: Takiko's going to be sacrificed! *gaspity-gasp* Ironically, the revelation doesn't hit too hard, for this volume of Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden
is the most drippy, light-hearted yet! Uruki is with Takiko for good, and he's ready to commit at last. Meanwhile, the entire brothel subplot is a farcical breath of fresh air (the very first time, really, that this series hasn't been predominantly doom and gloom), and Uruki's comedic overprotectiveness seems lifted straight off of Tamahome from the original series. I'm not sure yet whether the lightening of tone will prove in the end to be a good thing or not. For now, though, it makes for a pleasant change of pace, and Watase Yuu can definitely do funny as well as she does dramatic. So sit back and enjoy. Notes
: ~B6 paperback, first American edition, 1st printing; first published in Japan in 2004 Rating
- If we continue at a steady rate of one new Celestial Warrior per volume, we've only got a few more to go before the formula gets expended and things start to get ve~ry interesting. Keep reading.